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up and down the nimitz freeway, if you are traveling in san leandro, northbound 880 it's from marina to davis and southbound 880 we still find lanes blocked from 98th to davis. everything should be picked up, though, in the next half hour. >> all right. the weather concern, high pressure building overhead. we are going to see some possible record-breaking temperatures with the offshore winds and fire danger running high. we'll talk about that coming up. >> thank you. with that story in mind, here now at 4:30, firefighters anything like it. never seen hazardous fire conditions in the month of january. kpix 5's christin ayers reports there's a red flag warning in the north and east bay hills right now. >> reporter: the winds were so powerful in berkeley that they snapped this tree on benita way knocking it on a house. the gusts are expected to pick up again overnight. and that's not the only problem. >> the fuels that we have around here are already depleted from moisture because
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of the drought. >> reporter: the drought has dis dried out grass and brush. they have never seen this in three decades of factfinding. >> the first time we have had red flag warning in january. >> reporter: fire season runs from june to november but this year it's still going strong in january. firefighters think it could overlap into next june. i have never seen it before but this may be one of those times where it occurs. >> different nozzle for different size hose. >> reporter: the situation is so critical that fire crews are still carrying this around, the lightweight gear and protective clothing they use during wildfire season which in a normal year would be packed away by now in storage and they are keeping their heavy wildland equipment handy, too in case their worst fears come true. >> if something caught on fire up there, it could spread rapidly and involve many
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residences and many buildings. >> reporter: christin ayers, kpix 5. >> coming up, a record dry year and with no rain in the forecast, ann notarangelo shows us some people in the bay area are rushing to store whatever water already exists. >> reporter: think of home storage and think of storing things. but these days, more and more people are going into a home improvement store in santa rosa to store water. >> more in the last few months than in the past. i think we are doing record sales this year. >> reporter: last month, they increased their water storage tank sales by 40% and by the end of the winter, they expect to double their sales from last year. customers with buying 450 to 5,000 gallon tanks at a cost of $600 to $3,000 just in case we don't get any more rain. >> i do see a sense of urgency when people want to do this. >> reporter: for people in rural settings, this is insurance in case the aquifers on their properties dry up. >> typically they will take it from their own wells or streams
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and rivers in the area if you're on the farm. >> reporter: one agricultural commissioner says it's not clear if this kind of water storage affects others relying on the same water sources "and this could get ugly" > these are rain harvesting tanks. >> reporter: more and more customers are gearing up in case we do get rain with rain harvesting equipment. you can catch water from your roofs and there are rebate programs. but this is to store what's here when every, single drop counts. in santa rosa, ann notarangelo, kpix 5. >> companies that make the water storage tanks may run dry themselves. they think demand could exceed supply this year. >> i'd like to think we got some rain on the way but it's going to be hot this week. i don't see any rain. i see record-breaking temperatures this week and next week. going to keep things dry now.
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sure, it looks beautiful but we need rain. of course, the dry conditions up in the mountains and that's the big concern over the next couple of days. red flag warnings are now posted in the north and east bay hills. we have been watching some of the winds kicking up overnight, some of those 20 to 30 miles per hour. i have seen some occasional gusting to 40 miles per hour. so be very, very careful. anything in those mountains is very dry. we just haven't had any rain. and humidity levels are expected to be below 10% today. that red flag warning extended until 8 a.m. on thursday. all right. out the door we go today, of course, it's going to be beautiful down below, breezy at times especially near the coastline in toward half moon bay. but temperatures even out near the beaches some numbers near 70 degrees by the afternoon. 70s inside the bay. and looking at some low to mid- 70s even in some of the interior valleys. outside now, beautiful clear skies. nice shot for you early on this morning. you have the offshore winds continuing. still it's chilly in santa rosa at 30 degrees. 38 in concord and 46 degrees in
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san francisco. this afternoon, yup, we could be looking at records. 72 in oakland. 71 in redwood city. 70 degrees in san jose.let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. like a spring day. all right, thank you, lawrence. out the door we go. it is very quiet now across the golden gate bridge. how quiet? this is how quiet. barely a car out there this morning traveling southbound out of marin county into san francisco. we can see a couple of headlights heading our way but not a delay right now towards doyle drive. here's a live look at our sensors through the altamont pass. also quiet at this hour right now should take you about 13 minutes between the altamont pass and 680. so roadwork. we do have some out there northbound 880 marina to davis. southbound 880, 98th to davis. various lanes blocked should be picked up shortly. eastshore freeway both directions 80 through richmond a lot of roadwork, as well. a quick check of the south bay where you can see everything is fine this morning through your
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downtown san jose exits. that is your "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. >> and we thank you, liz. it is 3:36 right now. east palo alto police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. officers responded to a call on dumbarton avenue near bell street about a quarter after 7:00 last night. found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound. paramedics were not able to save him. relatives could be seen at the scene sobbing. police are urging any witnesses that might have some information to step toward. so far for the second straight morning, there are no reports of fires on the eastern edge of downtown san jose. but as kpix 5's andria borba reports, the search for a serial arsonist is still going strong. >> reporter: as darkness falls over this neighborhood east of downtown san jose, the fear of who may be lurking in the night rises. >> how do you know -- you're sleeping and then next thing now there's a fire you have to worry about evacuating and everything. >> reporter: this bit of surveillance video from one of the 13 fires is etched in
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neighbors' brains to the point they can recite it nearly frame by frame. >> he carries like some canned things on his hand i'm guessing that's gas or something. >> reporter: the serial arsonist seems to have an ironclad m.o., strike between 2 and 5 a.m. when neighborhood bustle is nonexistent and eyes are closed. antonio velazquez whose home was burned says he thinks the suspect knows these streets well. >> the day before the fire in the 28th street in the apartment, this is one more two time more and then the front my trailer is one time more. >> reporter: he says this sketch handed out by san jose police and fire is a good one. >> seen two nights before he -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: andria borba, kpix 5. >> city council member sam liccardo has organized watch groups for the early-morning
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hours. an earthquake hit the bay area at 8:30 last night near vallejo with a magnitude 2.9. got a lot of people's attention, too, for such a minor quake. >> it was just a large thud and boom and we felt it was either an earthquake or a truck hitting the building. just a loud thud. >> no reports of any problems. a woman from the north bay has died after falling from a sea size cliff in san diego. 25-year-old anna bachmann was posing for a photo when the cliff gave way under her. it happened sunday afternoon in an area marked with signs warning that the cliff can be unstable. her sister was taking her picture when police say bachmann fell 40 to 50 feet. >> there were two nurses here who hustled down the cliff and began cpr and first aid as well as a couple of surfers and they did their best but it just wasn't meant to be. >> she was a cal graduate
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pursuing a master's degree at the university of illinois in chicago. this flu season is not letting up. four more flu-related deaths are reported here in the bay area. two of them were in santa clara county plus two more in santa cruz and san mateo counties. it brings the number of flu deaths in the area to 14. it's been a run on flu vaccines, too. some pharmacies are running out but they say they are ordering extra doses now to keep up with the demand. a vacaville pastor is under arrest for firebombing his ex- girlfriend's house. police say mark lewis and three others threw a molotov cocktail from a car early thursday morning. 6 people were sleeping inside the house. no one was hurt. investigators believe lewis is linked to several other incidents targeting the same woman including breaking her car windows and setting fire to the bushes outside her home. petaluma meat processor is recalling more than 41,000 pounds of beef. the usda says the beef from the rancho feeding corporation was
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produced without a full federal inspection. so it is considered unsafe for human consumption. the products including oxtail, liver and tripe. kpix 5 was there on friday when authorities raided the slaughterhouse. 4:40. new jersey governor chris christie caught up in another scandal. this time for how his administration used relief funds from superstorm sandy. what investigators are focused on. >> and southwest airlines taking swift action one of its planes lands at the wrong airport. who the airliner is blaming for the error. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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congress. representative george miller 's not one of the bay area's most prominent politicians is retiring after four decades in congress. representative george miller announced yesterday he is not running for re-election this year. the contra costa county democrat has been a leading voice on education and labor issues. >> my work on behalf of the
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children with special needs, writing that special legislation, obviously the affordable care act national healthcare reform to me is so exciting. >> miller was 29 when he was first elected to congress. he is now 68. only 4 house members have served longer. miller had has been roommates with senator charles schumer of new york and he posted a mock "seeking roommate" ad online. 20 terms in the house and unmatched legislative record preferred lover of cold cereal a must. governor chris christie will submit his state of the state address amid investigations of members of his staff. now as cbs news correspondent marlie hall reports, federal auditors are looking into the christie administration's handling of hurricane sandy relief funds. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie is expected to talk about education and bipartisanship during his state of the state address today. the 2016 presidential hopeful has touted himself as a
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politician who works with both sides. but that image has come under fire as members of his staff are accused of orchestrating a imagine traffic jam at the george washington bridge as political payback. >> i had no knowledge or involvement in this issue. >> reporter: a special legislative committee is being formed to find out if the traffic problems last fall were intentionally caused after fort lee's mayor, a democrat, wouldn't endorse christie's re- election. >> it was apparently a very massive abuse of power and an attempt to conceal that abuse of power. >> reporter: republicans say if there is wrongdoing, it's a matter for police, not politicians. >> my hope is that none of this becomes simply partisanship. >> reporter: and now federal auditors are looking at how the christie administration spent superstorm sandy recovery money on ads promoting the jersey shore. a democratic congressman says the contract went to a firm that promised to feature
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christie's family even though its bid was more expensive. but that company tells cbs news its bid was cheaper than the competition and originally did not include christie's family. marlie hall for cbs news. >> a christie spokesman says the federal law -- [ indiscernible ] is routine. two veteran pilots are grounded after touching down at the wrong airport in the midwest. the error led to a rough landing. >> reporter: the southwest airlines 737 took off without incident today after landing at the wrong airport last night. southwest flight 4013 with 124 passengers on board was headed from chicago's midway airport to branson airport in missouri. somehow they landed at an airport 7 miles away with a shorter runway, only 3700 feet, roughly half the length of branson's runway. after landing, the pilots
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slammed on the brakes. no one was hurt but passengers said they were pitched forward by the sudden stop. mary melker was on the flight. >> the road looked like it was three blocks long and that's it. and we were the only plane there. so it was kind of hard to imagine that they didn't know they shouldn't have been there. >> reporter: the plane stopped at the end of the runway at an embankment overlooking a four- lane highway. a passenger took these photographs of the cockpit and the runway as he exited the plane. >> it was a surreal scene with all of the flashes lights. >> reporter: wrong airport landings are not unheard of. in november 747 cargo plane landed nine miles off court at the wrong airport in wichita, kansas. >> the national transportation safety board has pulled the flight data and voice recorders. >> imagine all the parents, friends, family waiting, like, what?!
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where? >> where did that plane go? >> 7 miles away? cold temperatures in the east but record-breaking temperatures here. out the door we go, mostly clear skies, city lit up with lights. we have mostly clear conditions but cold temperatures in some spots down to 29 degrees in santa rosa right now. 38 in concord. and 46 degrees in san francisco. now, looks like as we head throughout the day today we'll see plenty of sunshine all the way to the coastline and some possible records and then sunny and dry above-normal temperatures and more records likely as we head through the middle of the week. then things change toward the weekend. the winds are the big concern this morning. down below in the valleys it is calm all the way down into san jose, mountain view, you get to the mountaintops though winds kicking up through half moon bay and that's what we're seeing. that's were the red flag warnings are posted over the mountaintops some gusts already over 30 miles per hour in one spot, one gust in the oakland hills to 40 miles per hour. red flag warnings up for the
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north and east bay mountains including the diablo range. humidity levels less than 10%. so dangerous fire conditions. high pressure will stick around and bring sunshine and some unusually warm temperatures all around the state. bay area numbers going to be soaring today. 70 degrees in san jose. 69 in los altos. 68 degrees in half moon bay. 70s into much of the east bay, as well. and as you get inside the bay plenty of sunshine about 72 degrees in oakland. that could be a record. 69 in san francisco. that would tie a record if we hit that number. next couple of days going to see similar temperatures and then slow cooling over the weekend but staying above average. no rain in sight. >> a lot of sunshine there. let's go out to our cameras and with the dry weather conditions no problems the past couple of weeks on the roads. here's a live look at the nimitz. there has been roadwork still out there. seems like they should be in the clearing stages now, but
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it's mainly in both directions and the davis street exit. north of there near the coliseum and airport, everything is flowing smoothly. overnight roadwork should be wrapping up westbound and eastbound 80 as well up and down the eastshore freeway. not a lot of stuff out there that should slow you down. live speed sensors in the south bay showing things looking good add morgan hill and 101. problem-free on the guadalupe parkway and 280 cruising along through downtown. all bart trains are on time. they should have more than 25 right now all good to go in all directions. and hey, we can show you a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. problem-free this morning coming into san francisco both directions on the span, looks quiet. and san mateo bridge also moving at the speed limit out of hayward into foster city. that is your "kcbs traffic." michelle, frank, back to you guys. >> thank you, liz. 4:49. it's tough for 49ers fans to buy tickets for sunday's
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big nfc championship game in seattle. kpix 5's betty yu reports the seahawks are not selling to people who live here in california. fans are having to come up with a plan b. [ chanting ] >> reporter: these 49er fans hope to cut into that home field advantage at sunday's game at century link field a notoriously loud stadium. they discussed carpooling up to seattle at their monthly booster club meeting in santa clara. >> a lot of groups are arranging for limousines and bus services. >> it's going to be a hell of a time. and seattle fans are afraid of san franciscans. >> reporter: so afraid, apparently, the seahawks blocked ticket sales to california residents. you can still buy tickets on the secondary market but what these fans found on those sites wasn't encouraging. >> they are going all the way up into the hundreds of dollars for really decent seats. >> this takes it one step farther where you're really
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saying you can't buy them through ticketmaster and ticketmaster is supposed to be a nationwide company. i'll put that in the realm of poor sportsmanship. >> it's within the spirit of the rules of the national football league. i actually respect it that you're trying to do for your team -- put them in the best possible position to win. >> reporter: most of these guys say the tickets are just too pricy. but they will save their fun for that super bowl trip. betty yu, kpix 5. >> by the way, ticketmaster and the seahawks sold all their tickets for sunday within an hour yesterday. well, a constitutional attorney has legal requests about restricting ticket sales only to people in certain states. >> this is a championship game in which a trophy of the league is being given. the 49ers are a member of that league. they are clearly discriminating against people from other states. >> the people aren't happy
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about it. kravitz says the nfl's trying to control the event is outrageous since the stadium was built with public money and is owned by the public. time now is 4:52. google continues its spending spree paying more than $3 billion to expand its tech empire. the company's latest acquisition. >> and i love this story. it's one of the most popular franchises on the east coast. when you will see dunkie's coming to california! dunkin' donuts coming to california, hooray! ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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hoping for a turnaround in e market after yesterday's one for the record books, plenty of sunshine, temperatures soaring in fremont at 68 degrees today. maybe even 70 tomorrow. and so far, so good if your commute takes you on highway 4
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this morning through antioch. the delays have not begun. traders are hoping for a turnaround in the market after yesterday's losses. cbs moneywatch reporter wendy gillette gives us the details from the new york stock exchange. >> reporter: wall street is getting ready for a number of economic reports including december retail sales and 4th quarter earnings for big banks. many s&p 500 companies have lowered their estimates, which helped fuel the steepest sell- off in two months. yesterday the dow lost 179 points. the nasdaq was down 61. google is paying $3.2 billion to buy nets lab. the company develops high-tech smoke detectors. japan's sun torrie holdings is buying the company that makes makers mark and jim beam. they are paying 13.5 billion
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dollars. pizza hut into the pizza by the slice business. they plan to start offering slices in nebraska and rhode island costing between $2 and $3. that's your moneywatch. for more log on to at the new york stock exchange, i'm wendy gillette. >> best way to eat pizza. >> no kidding. an east coast favorite is invading the bay area! >> i love this. dunkin' donuts plans to open 80 northern california stores over the next five years or so. many of them will be sprinkled all around the bay area. the company is already working to find store owners. not all about the latte. >> no. >> the coffee is good and the donuts are yummy, too. criticism on the left and silence on the right. how governor chris christie plans to address the growing scandals at his state of the state today. >> reporter: and i'm mark kelly live in the berkeley hills where a red flag warning is in effect. coming up, how long fire crews expect it to last.
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firefighters tell us they have never seen anything like it! critical fire conditions in the middle of what should be the rainy season. >> a rare january red flag warning is in effect. >> here's what we're up against. gusty winds expected later tonight, little to no moisture in the air. and brush so dry, you can actually hear it snap. these kinds of conditions could be devastating if a wildfire happens. >> in san jose, the fire threat isn't from mother nature but a serial arsonist. >> carries some can things on his hand, i'm guessing that's gas or something. >> so far, there have been eight confirmed arson fires all in the early-morning hours. >> police in east palo alto are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. >> police say he was shot as he walked down the street half a block from his home. now family members here on the scene were in each other's arms
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just weeping in disbelief. >> from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda marie macdonald. good morning, it's tuesday, january 14. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. 5:00 on the nose. and it is a very dangerous time for fire around these parts. >> a red flag warning is posted for the next two days in parts of the bay area. and we have team coverage on this developing story. lawrence karnow is in the weather center, but first, we go to kpix 5's mark kelly in berkeley hills checking conditions in the east bay. mark. >> reporter: well, good morning, guys. this red flag warning, it was issued late last night. it's expected to last all the way through thursday morning. let me give you an idea of how dry these conditions are right now. here's some of the brush out here in the berkeley hills. these dry conditions coupled


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